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Born:
May 20, 1968

Hometown:
Honolulu, HI

Timothy Olyphant

BIO:

Timothy Olyphant has an expansive list of diverse film and television credits, and is known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. Olyphant garnered critical notice for his powerful portrayal of the tough, honorable, natural born-leader Seth Bullock in HBO's groundbreaking series "Deadwood."

Olyphant recently starred opposite Jennifer Garner in the Sony Pictures romantic comedy Catch and Release.

Olyphant wrapped production on a drama, Stop Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce, produced by Scott Rudin, in which Olyphant plays a Marine Corps general in Iraq. He also completed production on the independent film, Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. The story revolves around a man (Eckhart) going through a mid-life crisis whose wife has an affair with a local newscaster (Olyphant) that is caught on tape and broadcast over the internet. The film is being produced and financed by Gotham-based GreeneStreet Films.

Olyphant is now before the cameras in the title role of Hitman, based on the popular videogame, to be released this October. Agent 47 (Olyphant) has been educated to become a professional assassin for hire. His most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work. 47 is both the last two digits of the barcode tattooed on the nape of his neck, and his only name. The hunter becomes the hunted when 47 gets caught up in a political takeover. Both Interpol and the Russian military chase the Hitman across Eastern Europe as he tries to find out who set him up and why they're trying to take him out of the game. But the greatest threat to 47's survival may be the stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a beautiful, damaged girl.

In 2004, Olyphant co-starred with Elisha Cuthbert and Emile Hirsch in 20th Century Fox/Regency Enterprises picture The Girl Next Door. Olyphant brilliantly portrayed Kelly, the porn producer, ex-boyfriend of Danielle (Cuthbert), who follows her to suburbia to try and convince her to come back to the business. Prior to this, Olyphant starred alongside Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Sizemore, Jason Lee and Morgan Freeman in Castle Rock Entertainment's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel Dreamcatcher, directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

Other notable film credits include Rock Star written by John Stockwell and directed by Stephen Herek, Disney's Gone in 60 Seconds and New Line Cinema's A Man Apart. In addition, Olyphant starred as Mickey in Scream 2, in the indie film 1999, as well as A Life Less Ordinary alongside Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor and The First Wives Club.

Olyphant attended the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his movie Coastlines, which screened in competition. Olyphant portrayed Sonny Mann, an ex-con who returns to his Florida hometown and becomes involved with his best friend's wife. The film was directed and written by Victor Nunez, and also starred Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter.

In 2002, Olyphant starred in the Sony Classics film Broken Hearts Club—A Romantic Comedy, which told the story of a close-knit group of young gay men who struggled to cope with their identity and found comfort in playing together on a softball team. The film also starred, at the time newcomer Zach Braff, John Mahoney and Dean Cain.

In 1999, Olyphant received great notice as the drug dealer Todd Gaines in Doug Liman's critically applauded film Go. Written by John August, Go tells a story about events that happen after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

On television, Olyphant appeared in the HBO film, "When Trumpets Fade" by director John Irvin and ABC's critically acclaimed drama, "High Incident" as rookie cop Brett Faraday. Olyphant made his television debut with the series "77 Sunset Strip" for Warner Bros. and appeared in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame special "Ellen Foster" starring Julie Harris. Olyphant has also enjoyed guest appearances on popular shows such as: "My Name is Earl" and "Sex in the City."

Born in Hawaii and raised in California, Olyphant attended USC where he developed an interest for the fine arts and performance arts. Olyphant studied drawing, painting, sculpting, theater and stand-up comedy. Upon graduation, Olyphant moved to New York to enroll in William Esper's acting program to perfect his craft. There he received the World Theater Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for his role as Tim Hapgood in the Playwright Horizon's The Monogamist written by Christopher Kyle. He went on to star in David Sedaris' one-man production, Santaland Diaries at the Atlantic Theater. This play was directed by Joe Mantello. He recently returned to the Playwright Horizon starring in Plunge, also written by Christopher Kyle.

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